We try the… Victorinox SwissTool Spirit Multi-Tool

Finely crafted, high quality, good feature set

Pliers not sprung. A plain knife blade would have been nice

Victorinox SwissTool Spirit Multi tool test and review

Design and build quality

The SwissTool Spirit from Victorinox is beautifully-designed. A true ‘gentleman’s’ multi-tool which could be kept in the glovebox of a Bentley, or left on some large mahogany business exec’s desk, and not look out of place. We loved the sleek and stylish shape, and with the main flat-ended knife blade out, it takes on the familiarity of a traditional barber’s razor, albeit with a concave handle design, rather than the razor’s convex helve.

Because it looks so elegant though, does this mean the SwissTool Spirit  is lacklustre when it comes to use? Absolutely not! The build quality of the Victorinox is excellent, and the metal used on any of the tools is definitely not low-grade. Even the blade unlock catches are crafted and patterned with looks and ease of use in mind.

Four images of the Victorinox SwissTool Spirit showing the pliers, saw, lock release and metal file

Our favourite features

Usually, we really, really don’t like a combined serrated/straight-edged blade on a knife. There’s generally not enough length of either edge to be effective on whichever surface you are using it on. However, although the SwissTool’s flat-ended blade is 80% serrated and 20% straight-edged, we found it to be a great combination – in fact, probably the best combo-blade of any of the multi-tools we tested. It’s sharp enough to cut or whittle wood on either part of the blade too, without the serrated edge digging in and jamming.

The wood saw is also one of the best we’ve come across on a multi-tool. It is long, slim and the teeth are extremely sharp and highly aggressive, reminding us of a Caiman’s jaws. The saw ripped through wood with ease, quickly and effectively. Our other liked feature of the Victorinox was the metal file, which not only has a good depth to the file ridges, but also incorporates a metal saw which works well. We also found the the Phillips posi-drive screwdriver to be good, with a long reach and well-shaped, strong edges.

Image shows Victorinox SwissTool Spirit various tools including the combi-blade, screwdriver and all other tools

Any drawbacks?

Our dislikes on the Swisstool Spirit were firstly the fact the pliers were not sprung, and also that when using the pliers under a lot of pressure the thin handles of the tool tend to dig into your hands making it uncomfortable. We felt the pincer-end teeth also were not grippy enough and needed to be slightly deeper, although the main teeth in the centre were nice ‘n chunky.

Price

At nearly £102 rrp, this is a rather expensive tool. However, the prices vary hugely across the ‘net, and we’ve spotted them for as little as £75. The SwissTool Spirit is well worth the asking price though and is a real quality piece of kit all-round, even down to the beautiful leather pouch it comes with.

Image of the Victorinox SwissTool Spirit multi-tool's serrated blade

Who’s it for?

The Victorinox SwissTool Spirit is perfect for the man-about-shed (and town). While very functional, it still retains a smart and elegant look. It’s got all you’ll need for messing about in the garage with wood (or metal) or for fixing basics on your vehicle. As a gift for someone into their finer things, this will be perfect and definitely appreciated.

Need-To-Know Info:

Weight 248 grams (8.7oz)
Dimensions (closed) L W H 105 x 35 x 16mm
Features wood saw
metal file
metal saw
chisel
practical Spirit combi edge blade
screwdriver 2mm
screwdriver 3mm
Phillips screwdriver for PH1 and PH2
leather pouch
wire cutter for thin and soft wire up to 40 HRc
crate opener
cable cover cutter lenghtwise
wire bender
wire stripper and scraper
cable cover cutter circular
hard wire cutter
lanyard hole
lock release
individual springs
needlenose pliers
reamer
cap lifter
can opener
multi purpose hook
screwdriver 6 mm
coupling for corkscrew
Website Victorinox.com
Shop Buy the Swisstool Spirit Now (Amazon link supports our writing)
Price £101.99 / $98.00 (prices vary hugely) so shop around.

Words: Chris Davies | Photography: Chris Davies, Matthew Davies | Other Testers: Nathan Fielder

2 responses to “We try the… Victorinox SwissTool Spirit Multi-Tool”

  1. Victorinox AG

    Dear carproductstested,com,
    thank you very much for such a professional review. We shared your article into our Facebook page as we think our fans will be happy to read it. You can check it here: http://www.facebook.com/VictorinoxAG.

    Continue the great job!
    Kind regards from Switzerland,

    The Victorinox team

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